Carinthia’s most beautiful meeting point
WAY OUT THERE
High above the Wörthersee lake on the Jedvovca hill lies an outlook tower, built in 1969, which is an absolute engineering wonder. Atop a 55-metre tall hollow needle stands a 20-metre wide viewpoint platform and on top of that another 10 metres of pyramid-like shaped technical floors and antennae – hence the name Pyramidenkogel. In October 2012 the original concrete tower was detonated and in the summer of 2013 a new one was already standing in its place. What we can see today is a wooden vantage point, which is 100 metres high and is the biggest Carinthian tourist attraction. The construction wonder was built from larch wood, has three panoramic platforms and was heralded as Europe’s tallest and most beautiful outlook tower.
In the vicinity of the Wörthersee there are numerous congress hotels with a first class position right by the lake and one would have a tough time naming them all. Probably the most interesting story, however, starts at the Falkensteiner Schlosshotel Velden:
In 1603, a Carinthian aristocrat from the noble Barthlmä Khevenhüller family built a residence that quickly became the hotspot of social life in Carinthia. In the second half of the 18th century it was destroyed by fire and after it was rebuilt, an industrialist from Vienna turned it into a hotel.
The hotel built in neo-Renaissance style has been the backdrop of numerous films and has attracted many famous TV stars. In 1990 it found itself in the German and Austrian tabloid newspapers, as it was bought by Günter Sachs, the notorious heir to the throne of Willy Sachs. Günter was a photographer, author of documentaries, art collector, astrology analyst and most importantly the man who in the 60s and 70s was considered as a prototype for today’s playboys. He sold the hotel in 2003 and today it is owned by Falkensteiner.
MEET IN STYLE
The tower is a unique tourist attration and at the same time one of the special venues in Carinthia that has no match. The location offers quite a few options to organise an interesting incentive or teambuilding event. An unforgettable meeting for smaller groups could be in the coffee shop on the viewing platform, 70.65 metres above ground. There are 441 steps up to the coffee shop, or you can make it easy by taking the elevator. The ascent to the top is itself a unique experience and is absolutely worth it once you get the beautiful views of the Wörthersee and its surroundings.
There are also event organisation spaces on the viewing platform and in the restaurant. For those who want a little more adrenaline, the fastest way to get down the tower is by sliding down the longest indoor slide in Europe, which is 120 metres long, or if you are feeling really brave that day they can also organise a zip-line descent from the top of the tower.